Terrapin Moo-Hoo Chocolate Milk Stout | Terrapin Beer Company

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Terrapin Moo-Hoo Chocolate Milk StoutTerrapin Moo-Hoo Chocolate Milk Stout

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Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States | website

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Winter

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dang, what a beauty. Somewhere between darkest brown and flat black, with a toasted tan head of foam that hangs in there a long while.

Alluring aroma already makes me wonder if I haven't met my favorite Terrapin beer here. An excellent mingling of chocolate bar, charred grain, mineral, coffee, milk and cocoa nibs.

All that the aroma promises it delivers on the tongue, with more of a smoky twist to all the chocolaty goodness. There's a nice bitterness in the back and finish that is likely hops, but makes you think of bittersweet baking chocolate. Together with a nice milky sweetness and an earthy char that tempers the sweetness, this beer goes down super-smooth thanks to the incredibly airy, silky body. Light but hardly watery, it really is like a mixture of chocolate soda and chocolate milk, but adult-ified with alcohol.

My favorite Terrapin? I don't know, I'll have to check older reviews to jog the memory banks. But definitely very, very enjoyable. The name seems to be a take on Yoo-Hoo, the chocolate drink, but hey, I'd rather drink Terrapin's version any old time. And their labels continue to amuse, this one is as fantastic as the beer itself.

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Photo of Minkybut
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great beer. I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The bee was black with a great dark tan head that was kinda thin. The beer had a nice chocolate smell so thick it smelled like tomato soup to my girlfriend. There was a nice thick chocolate roasted hit after the swallow. Sweet chewy mouthfeel and great lacing. I will buy again.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle at 45 degrees into a pint glass.

A: It pours a completely opaque black color with a half-finger of very dark brown head that becomes rocky.

S: 95% chocolate and 5% medium-roast coffee.

T: Taste is also one-dimensional with chocolate throughout - mostly dark chocolate - with some sweet dark fruitiness at the back end as the beer warms.

M: The body is a bit light and surprisingly not sticky.

D: This is definitely tasty but drinkability becomes in issue with greater volume because of the sweetness, and the lack of complexity becomes somewhat annoying.

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Photo of Sammy
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice drinkability, more so than the many other chocolate added beers out there. Sweet-bitter chocolate in a dark chocolate slightly frothy look. Rich chocolate, somewhat roasty aromas. Nicely balanced. Smooth mouthfeel. Reasonable a.b.v., satisfying.Thanks Mikegroove.
Had this again, bottle from late Autumn trip, still very nice milk stout.

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Photo of axeman9182
4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, poured into my Bruery tasting tulip.

Moo Hoo pours a lighter shade of black, I think I can just whisps of chestnut framing the glass. The head is halfway between a dark caramel and chocolate color, and only manages to rise to about two fingers in height. The foam cap doesn't stick around all that long, but does leave a little bit of a ring footprint around the glass as it fades. Nose is of very sweet chocolate, with some bitterness from roasted grains/hops. I don't find anything much different as I sip on Moo Hoo. The sweetness from the lactose helps highlight a great chocolate flavor that dominates the beer. It's kept in check by a perfectly measured out bite of bitterness, and the beer closes with a nice subtle coffee swirl. The mouthfeel is wonderfully rich for a beer this style, and the carbonation is dead on. Enough to combat the viscosity of the beer without distracting from the malty flavors. In an uneven year for Terrapin this is definitely one of their hits, as it's a great, easy drinking winter brew. I can definitely see myself going through a few six packs of Moo Hoo when the weather turns cold each year.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 1/4/11

Seasonal 2010

Courtesy of PDXHops

Pours a scorched crimson-brown; settles black. No light gets through this one. One finger of medium brown foam stands up to a few minutes before thinning to a collar & bubbly island. A few splotches of lace. Audible carbonation.

While the nose seems smooth, a few swirls get the aromas moving. Notes of bittersweet bakers chocolate, dusty cocoa & a hint or two of roast. Slightly sweeter overtones of milk chocolate.

A hoppy twinge segues into a dry roastiness, almost coffee-like. This begets smooth swaths of bittersweet chocolate. Incidentally, Moo Hoo is far from being the creamy, sweet stout I imagined (not that I have a problem with that). The aforementioned hoppy twinge is more apparent as it warms but stays in line.

The feel watery with the first few sips, though it seems to fill out as it warms. Average carbonation pushes about some grittiness. Roasted & bitter residuals linger on the finish.

Moo Hoo isn't a bad little stout. It doesn't taste anything like it's implied namesake; perhaps that wasn't the point. I'm actually surprised that I wouldn't mind a little more sweetness here.

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Photo of Onenote81
4.44/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a deep dark black with just a twinge of ruby on the edges. Little-to-no lace left behind. Nose is full of creamy hot chocolate, vanilla, freshly ground coffee and roasted goodness. Smells like I just walked into a gourmet bakery/coffee-boutique. A full, creamy mouth that coats the palate well. Excellent depth for the style. Mild carbonation. Wonderful balance of sweet chocolate, mild hops, and a dark roasted finish. The vanilla comes through a tad, but this is dark all the way. Outstanding execution. A little on the sweeter side, but this may be my favorite of the style. Loved it.

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Photo of Double06
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter. This is probably the 3rd or 4th I've had before deciding to review.

A: Much darker than I expected. Left a beautiful quarter to half inch dark brown head, the same color as the top of a good espresso. Swirling in the glass leaves a thin coating around the snifter.

S: Chocolate is more subdued than when it was first released and supremely fresh. Still lots of chocolate and a hint of bitterness - can't pinpoint if it's bitter chocolate or coffee. Can definitely smell the sweet lactose like you would from a real glass of chocolate milk.

T: Very good but the chocolate again is more subdued than I remember from previous bottles. Opens up a lot as it warms to cellar temperature and you get rushes of sweet milk chocolate and a creaminess (carmel?). Subtle hints of bitterness - someone mentioned espresso like qualities and that's a good descriptor.

M: What I would expect for the style, not overly viscous or coating like bigger stouts. As I said, there is creaminess in the taste and mouthfeel, which increases drinkability.

D: Very high... a bit sweet to drink a lot of, but a nice offering by Terrapin. I could have 2-3 over a night before it gets to be too much.

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Photo of MADhombrewer
4.85/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Jason (hopsbreath) for this one!!!

Appearence- Black with a small brown head. Good lacing slides down the sides of the glass with every sip.

Smell- Silky chocolate aroma with a nice bit of hops and alcohol to back it up.

Taste- Damn, this is good! Milk chocolate truffle with an alcohol center.

Mouth feel- Near perfect mouth feel. Silky but not syrupy.

Drinkability- This is an easy one. It would be way too easy for me to drink a 6er or more of this and not care about the morning after.

Milk stouts are one of my favorite styles. This, I think, is the best I have had (sorry Duck-Rabbit).

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Photo of rivalrome
4.46/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased the last 6-pack from a local beer shop in Orlando. Poured into a nonic pint glass at around 52ºF. Poured a dark black/brown with a finger mocha head. Lacing resembles chocolate milk and appears extremely frothy.

At first smell, it wasn't the most appealing that I've smelt. You can smell hints of espresso, chocolate, and something else I can't quite put my finger on.

Very smokey! At first taste it was almost like a burnt chocolate with caramel. The espresso and creaminess sticks around after you swallow the beer. It's viscosity isn't the thickest beer I've tried, but far from the thinnest.

I could drink these badboys all night long (if they weren't full of so much sugar), this is by far one of the best stouts that I've ever had. It's not too pungent, and it's not too filling. Terrapin did this beer right, I'm going to have to find more of these and hang on to them!

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Photo of JMforman
4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Just had this at Mellow Mushroom in Chattanooga, TN for the $3 draft pint night. It wasn't on the menu yet, but the waitress suggested it. Good suggestion.

A- Jet black with a dark tan head. The head didn't stick around long, but it gave way to some decent lacing.

S- There wasn't much here unfortunately. Some roasted malt, chocolate, and espresso. It was all in the taste.

T- Rich chocolate and espresso with an bit of berry-fruit and caramel on the front end and slightly bitter espresso and burnt malt on the tail.There might've been some marshmallow in there too. Remarkable agreeable. Probably one of my favorites of the style.

M- Medium to full and very creamy

D- Goodness yes. It could easily be used to convert people to stouts (I wonder why there would be need for such a conversion).

You can't go wrong with Terrapin. I haven't had one that I didn't like! If you like this beer, check out their 2010 Wake-n-Bake coffee oatmeal imperial stout.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great dark appearance, it really didn't let any light through it. Dark black with mild ruby highlights, dark mocha tan head forming thick with fine speckled lacing down the sides of my glass. Aroma has milk chocolate/roasted malts/dark coffee accents creamy mild fruit notes. Overall flavor had a malted milk ball feel to it with lactose involvement, a great milk stout called Moo Hoo from one of my all time favorite Southern breweries. Mouthfeel is creamy slighltly acidic notes. Creamy mouthfeel and carbonation levels once opening it, you want drain it and a couple bottles. It's like Wake and Bake light in texture and alcohol but not flavor.

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Photo of tempest
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a bottle after dinner for dessert. This is one of the better milk stouts I've had, though I might like to see what it's like with the chocolate but no lactose. The nibs provide a great earthy cocoa flavor, but it fades behind the sweet and smooth chocolate malts. I was surprised that this was actually a better beer as it approached cellar temperature, but that's where you want to keep it.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Neat label. Bottle shared by Thorpe, thanks Mike.

Beer is black with a nice thick head of tan bubbles without much retention. Some lacing left behind.

Aroma is roasty and sweet with hints of chocolate.

This tastes like chocolate milk. It's kind of amazing, straight up chocolate throughout. Some minimal sweetness up front opens the mid-palate to a lot of chocolate and finishes with some mild (surprisingly mild) chocolate. Medium in body and very drinkable. Yum!

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Photo of LeftyEtc
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - When you're in a stout mood, is there any better sight then midnight black slurry of thick chewy stout goodness. Pitch black and cloudy body topped by a one and half inch tan head.

S - Surprised by its Smokey qualities, heavily roasted malts and burnt sugar.

T - Milk, cookies and barbeque! Far smokier then any other milk stout i have ever had. Quite surprised in a good way. This beer is smokier then some rauch beers i have had, defiantly not expected.

M - With near still carination and a heavy body, this beer coats your tongue in a blanket of burnt sugar and chocolate milk roasted over a campfire. I love the taste and feel of the beer, but because of the intense and surprising smoke quality i would not be able to drink more than two.

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Photo of jpro
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler from CBX... poured into a "100 Beer Club" dimpled mug.

A: Black (or pretty close to black) - held to light, there isn't much going on highlight-wise; one finger, brown head fades fast to a few thin caramel swirls on the beer's surface; no lace.

S: Sweet; roasty malts; hints of dark chocolate.

T: Not as roasty as the nose would imply; sweet, though; somewhat chocolatey, although not overpoweringly so... just some nice touches of darker chocolate that help round out the coffee notes and the (very) slightly bitter finish.

M: Nice body... full, silky and a touch chewy; very smooth and not too sticky on the palate; lower carbonation; all of this leads to an increased drinkability...

D: The sweetness helps cut any roasted malt acridity and also eliminates any chance of a dry finish... as a result, its hard to put this one down... A good all-around beer, for sure; although I think that Terrapin could probably get away with calling this Moo-Hoo Milk Stout, as the chocolate is kept pretty well in check.

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Photo of nhindian
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams Red Lobster Perfect Pint.

I've been looking for this for a while, but my normal stop, D's, has always been out. I randomly went to a Giant Eagle across town, and they had an amazing selection. I picked up some stuff I've been waiting for and have been pleasantly surprised.

A - Pours a dark black with the tiniest sliver of brown highlights at the bottom of the glass. Builds a frothy, 2-fingered mocha brown head with decent retention. Not much lacing to be seen at all.

S - Smell is nice and sweet, with chocolate, grain, and coffee smells. Not as espresso focused which helps cut down on the acidity smell, and rather is smooth and roasted with the cocoa highlights. Not much smell from hops or alcohol.

T - Taste is so smooth and isn't overly aggressive with the roast. As the name implies, it leans more toward the chocolate spectrum of stouts, and is sweet without being bitter. It is similar to drinking a cup of coffee with a chocolate creamer. Either that or drinking chocolate milk. It is that easy to drink! Just the slightest bit of hop bitterness in the finish, but the alcohol is non-existent.

M - Mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation a bit on the low side. Creamy and deliciously smooth, the finish is a bit bitter but mixed with a sweetness that helps cut the bite to make it enjoyable. Coats the mouth and very enjoyable.

D - Drinkability is high. The beer has a great flavor, easy drinkability, no alcohol taste, and a great price to boot. Certainly a favorite for this style.

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Photo of deaconoflove
3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ap. Motor oil black with a momentary head.
Sm. Chocolate milk, sweetness, coffee.
Ta. Coffee and chocolate millk with some hops in the background. A late chocolate milk finish and then coffee again.
Mf. Smooth and creamy nice.
Dr. Very nice and easy.

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Photo of sommersb
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Whole Foods in Nashville. No date on the bottle, poured into a nonic pint glass.

A: Black color with no transparency, with a light brown frothy head of one finger.

S: Rich, wonderful malty aroma, with some chocolate sweetness evident. On the label it says it is made with cocoa nibs from the local Olive and Sinclair Chocolate Company here in Nashville, so I think that is cool.

T: Strong flavors of toasted malts and dark bitter chocolate. A good balance of sweetness and bitterness. As it warms up I taste some spices and alcohol warmness.

M: Nice full body, almost chewy, with moderate carbonation. Some sweet maltiness in the finish, but there is not much of an aftertaste.

D: Highly enjoyable beer - my favorite from the Terrapin offerings I've had.

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a licorice color with a modest tan cap that leaves a lively pattern of lace

Smell: Milk chocolate with hints of roast and earthy hop

Taste: Milk chocolate, up front, with the hops adding a nice balance by mid-palate; after the swallow, the milk chocolate leads to a mellow finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A very pleasant milk stout, with a nice finish

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Photo of welldigger888
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured a nice opaque black with a nice tan head that laced well.
Nice chocolatey malty brew on the nose.
A little sweet for me, but hey! Really smooth chocolate malty flavors. Good roasty grain bill as well.
Very creamy smooth velvet quality for me. This is where I felt this brew excelled.
Easy drinker too!

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours pitch black with a thin ring of whitish foam. Aroma is sweet, with strong chocolate notes.

First sip is... mmmm chocolately. Initial rush of milky chocolate sweetness followed by a lactose/milky aftertaste. Not super sweet like Southern Tier Chocklat, but chocolate is the dominating flavor. Unfortunately, I don't care for the aftertaste. Tastes kind of like an artificial sweetener. Mouthfeel is substantial, nice body and light carbonation.

Overall, an interesting beer. My only real point of comparison is the aforementioned ST Choklat - and this pales in comparison. None the less, this is still an good, interesting brew.

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Photo of nickthegun12
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

midnight dark....with little to no head retention nor lacing...

smells of roasted malt....and def. smells like a smoke beer....i get a little chocolate in the nose...but the roasted smell is overpowering...

taste is sweet on the front end...and an overall smooth taste....with a little bitterness on the back end...

very nice feel....creamy and smooth perfect for the style....velvet like smoothness...

drinkability is not bad...although it is a stout and it weighs you down...

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Photo of turnstile
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pitch-black in appearance with the slightest rim of copper when held to the light. A head fails to form; the carbonation retains a tan ring of foam around the edge of the glass. Small beads of bubbles form in the center of the glass.

Smell: Roasty and slightly boozy; faint chocolate and coffee notes in the aroma as they're overpowered by the roasted scent.

Taste: Chocolate is more perceivable when sipped, roasty notes come through strong as well. Finishes moderately bitter and sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes smooth.

Drinkability: It's a great combination of bitter and sweet. The lower ABV is a plus, too. More drinkable than its imperial counterparts.

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Photo of number1bum
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark, definitely black in color rather than brown, with a slowly rising two fingers of semi-dark tan head. Keeps a bubbly, pretty full lace and leaves some stick on the sides.

Smell is quite robust, with big chocolate aromas as well as some coffee and a bit of roasted malt. Has a nice sweetness to it, which certainly the lacto is contributing to. Quite nice.

Taste is not quite as bold, but still features a nice milk chocolaty sweetness. It also has enough roasted malt to provide some balance, and like the nose has a hint of coffee to itl. I get a bit of dark fruit flavor going on as well. Finishes clean with some roasted malt and dark fruit left on the palate.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice creaminess to it. It's clean and not cloying at all, a good thing given that it's a sweet stout. Appropriately carbonated.

This is a pretty nice milk stout that I'm glad I picked up a 6 pack of. Terrapin's stouts are all good and this is no exception. Well done.

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